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I’m Among Essence’s ‘Young, Black & Amazing’!

By January 27th, 2021131 Comments
I'm Among Essence's 'Young, Black & Amazing'!

Essence named me one of their 35 Under 35 Young, Black & Amazing.  As I clicked through one fabulous name after another, I assumed they must have made a mistake, but even if they did, I’ll take it!

Also, while I have you, what do you think of the new comment section?!

Besides what I hope will provide you with an easier and more convenient experience, it’ll also help facilitate giveaways!  At the end of this month, the top 15 posters will be put in a drawing to win a gift basket… two will win!  Comment on old articles, new articles, ask questions, answer a few… it all counts!  

Good luck!


  • hunnybun says:

    Congrats hunnybunny you deserve it. It's always great when we people notice and appreciate our efforts. And even with all that success your still modest

  • Derika says:

    Congrats girl! You are truly blessed! This new comment section doesn't work as well on my iPhone like the old comment section did. I do like that the new comment box is at the top of the page instead of the bottom though. :-)

  • Johanna Ramirez says:

    i'm definitely liking this comments section better .. i never understood how the last one work ;o)

  • Yolande Ogbajie says:

    Ms. Nikki you know it would be a mistake if they DIDN'T have you on the list…Congrats Boo!

  • keetaray says:

    Get it, Nikki! :) Congratulations!! I totally agree with them!!

  • Colette Kimon says:

    This is so well deserved! You are on your way to more great things. Congratulations.

  • keisha billups says:

    No I haven't sent in my story.*gasp* I like to comment and stalk the site, twitter (@MrsB502) and the FB page tho. LOL

  • CurlySwan says:

    Congrats to you Nikki! YAY!!! I'm so proud of you! You truly deserve it! I've been following your blog since my transition back in 2008 and have learned sooooo much! Don't know how I would've made it through those tough hair times without your blog!:) By the way, LOVE the new comments section!


  • CurlyNikki says:

    thanks Nicole!!!!

  • Nicole Conward says:

    CONGRATS GIRRRRRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yeah im digging the new comments section!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    and you know this! :) Yep, good ole Loft!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks Annabel and it's my pleasure :)

  • CurlyNikki says:


  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks Keisha! 3 years in the game?! Have you sent in your story?!

  • CurlyNikki says:


  • CurlyNikki says:

    woot woot! Thanks boo, I really appreciate it!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks Erika!

  • CurlyNikki says:


  • CurlyNikki says:

    I know, right?! YASSSSS!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    :) love you Jon Jon!

  • CurlyNikki says:


  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks Jacinta! Send in your BC story when the day comes!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks Chardae!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks Samantha, glad you like the upgrade and glad you came here when that day finally came :)

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks a million Natural Sunshine! I always appreciate your participation! xx

  • CurlyNikki says:

    thanks and definitely!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks Meika!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks Tiffany!

  • CurlyNikki says:


  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks lady!!!

  • AnnabelTRP says:

    This website saved me during my transition and now offers me invaluable information as a newly natural! Thanks for all you do and congratulations!

  • keisha billups says:

    oops, yes I love the new comments section. Much more user friendly.

  • keisha billups says:

    Congrats Nikki!!! I have followed you since I began my hair journey almost three years ago. I just stumbled upon the website and have loved u ever since. U are a friend in my head. Love the advice, comments, pictures and your sense of humor. Continued success, GOD bless!!

  • kea::curls says:

    Congrats!!! <3 new comment section

  • Gblogger says:

    I love the new comments section. Been 3 years now and I'm still hooked on your site. :)

  • Erika says:

    Congratulations, you deserve the recognition from Essence. So cool!!

  • barbaranaturallyspeaking says:

    Congratulations! You deserve it!

  • J. Anderson, PharmD. says:

    DMV? I'm coming.

  • J. Anderson, PharmD. says:

    P.s. I'm feeling this new comment system. Dope.

  • J. Anderson, PharmD. says:

    Congrats Nik! It's great seeing great things happen for you and having a front row seat for it all!

  • Decia says:

    I love seeing your articles on Essence!

  • Jacinta W says:

    Conbratulations Nikki!! I randomly stumbled across your site almost 1 year ago and have been hooked ever since! Thanks for inspiring me to make the decision to transition to natural. I haven't looked back and am looking forward to my BC soon. Keep up the good work!

  • Chardae Davis says:

    Yay Nikki! That's awesome. And yes, I love the new comment section!

  • Samantha (Smlisley) says:

    You definitely deserve the honour. I found your blog a couple of years ago and I would check it out from time to time with a vague notion of going natural 'someday'. Well, when someday finally came, this was the first place I looked to for advice. I will be 1 year fully natural in September and you have been such a huge part of this period for me. So, to me, they are just validating what your readers have known all along. Congrats!

    BTW, I like the new comment section. It is much more user friendly : )

  • Natural Sunshine says:

    I forgot to mention- Yes I like the new comment layout- I actually mentioned it on another post.

  • Natural Sunshine says:

    Awesome! You deserve to be on the list, you are an great resource for everything natural. Thank you for all you do. It would be nice if you did a post on about how you balance all the different hats you wear.

  • Whateverman says:

    You haven't really done anything; you just got "put on."

  • keisha says:

    congrats on the feature! you deserve it! can you please do a feature on Ashley Hicks and Toni Carey, founders of Black Girls Run!

  • nylse says:

    i've always wanted to ask – is that shirt from ann taylor loft (because it looks exactly like one i own)? just curious.

  • Meika Sterling says:

    so proud of you nikki! Get it girl!

  • Anonymous says:

    Actually I'm now experiencing difficulty with the comment section. When i click on the article, the comments appear briefly, then disappear. The article is there, just not the commments. This has never happened before and has just been for the past 2 days, so since Nik mentioned a new format I'm bringing it up.

  • Tiffany N. says:

    Aww congrats and they picked a cute photo. Heeeey!

  • The Curly Oenophile says:

    Congrats Nikki. Thanks for being an inspiration to us naturalistas new and old. Get your shine on!

  • natural_goddess88 says:

    Congrats Ms. Nikki!!! Found your blog randomly 3 mths ago and I absolutely LLLLOOOOVVVVEEE IT lol!!! U deserve this honor!!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks Braelynn!!!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    ha! yes! Thanks lady!!!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks Davina!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks and please do!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks Danielle and will do!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks msbrown!

  • msbrown76 says:

    Congrats Nikki! I just saw the Essence email in my inbox, and haven't had a chance to read it yet. You and this blog are amazing! You go girl!

  • Danielle King Murray says:

    wow doing big things chica love your bog always telling people how grew it is. But I need you to do a dmv meet up.

  • Davina916 says:

    Congrats to you! Continued success!

  • irvingj says:

    Congrats! And I like the new comment section, it is much easier and makes me want to comment more often

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks Aja! And thanks for the free pub! Nice! As far as the comments, I'm working out the glitches and hope that it'll be a more pleasant experience for everyone. I just checked the spam box and there were a few in there. No idea why, lol, but there were a few. You should check the post again and see if it's there now! Thanks again for the feedback!!!!


  • Jesus-in-the-City says:

    Way to go! I'm not surprised at all! You're a total superstar! Whenever I meet a natural who doesn't know about you, I'm completely blown away and then give them your web address pronto!

    As for the comments, not sure. I posted the first comment on "I Hate My Hair" this morning. I checked back and it was there and then I checked back again a few hours later and it was nowhere to be found. From the point of view of an iPad user, I think the old format was less glitchy but it's great that you can count comments from individual posters. I guess maybe I'm just hurt cuz my comment got nixed ;)

    Keep up the good work!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks Patrice!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks Amanda!

  • Patrice B. says:

    Congratulations! Your blog is truly serves as a motivation. I've been reading for months now, and it serves as inspiration for me to follow through with my transition. Thank you!! :)

  • amanda818 says:

    way to go amazing!!! :-)

  • Nico says:

    You're welcome…ohhhhhh, the pic was/is supposed to be my avatar, I was on my cell…I'll fix it later, but thanks!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    haha, right! Thanks Brooke!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks Jamila!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks lady!!!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks Erika!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks Sheena! Glad to hear you moved forward with your plans to go natural despite the haters… takes a lot of courage! xx

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks Taylor!!!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks Mel! Glad we connected!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks Andrea! LOVE your articles!!!

  • CurlyNikki says:


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  • CurlyNikki says:

    so cool! Congrats on the bun in the oven!!! What will you name her? Thanks for your support and the sweet comment!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    yes ma'am, tried and true! Thanks much!!! xx

  • CurlyNikki says:

    I didn't even know! what a surprise… I was sent the link 10 minutes before I posted! Thanks a million!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks!!! I love the BGR! founders and will definitely connect!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks Rayven! Girl… there are soooo many articles, like nearly 5000. I'm working on it!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    thanks Nico! Love that pic!

  • CurlyNikki says:


  • CurlyNikki says:

    WOW! You've gotta send your story over, I'd love to feature you and your friends! Thanks a million, your comment made my day!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks Destiny!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks boo!!!!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    glad to hear it and thanks for the sweet comment!

  • CurlyNikki says:


  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks chica!!!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    wow, thanks Megan! Every single last one of us has issues with confidence and self-esteem… EVERYONE! I'm happy to be able to provide a space for us all to work on it! Thanks for your sweet comment!

  • Ashley Danielle Gilmore says:

    Congrats, Nikki!!!! You are such an inspiration and a blessing to me, as an African-American mother, with one daughter and one on the way! I look forward to encouraging them to embracing their natural hair, the way you've done for so many of us! Congratulations :)

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks lady!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    'large footprints' nice! Thanks Rhonda!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks Hilary!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    thanks Jada07! Your opinion means a ton, I know you've been here since the beginning! Thanks so much!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks Blair!!!!

  • Hilary B. says:

    that's awesome, congratulations!

  • Rhonda C says:

    Nik, so deserving! You are a pioneer! Keep leaving those large footprints!

  • Megan Montgomery says:

    Go go Nikki you are young black and amazing! You truely are. You have helped women find their way to loving themselves and their hair. I read every article you have posted because this has really helped me with my self-esteem that I battle with from time to time, I am 22 still young I know and still has a lot to learn. Reading articles from others who have similar or exact stories makes me feel that I am not alone, even offering advice helps me too. Thank you Nikki for all that you do you deserve this spot I appreciate everything. Thank you.

    Megan Montgomery

  • Bridget says:

    Congratulations!!! You definitely deserve it girl.

  • CurvyCurly says:

    Congrats Nikki on your wonderful recognition in Essence and for representin' on sooo many levels. I think you've hit celebrity status!!!!

  • QuietButterfly says:

    Congrats on being Young, Black and Amazing Nikki!!! :-)

  • BraidsnTwists says:

    Congrats! You deserve every bit of recognition for everything you do to help us curlies!

    Oh, and I love the new comments section. It's much easier to post now without either signing in or having to sign as anonymous.

  • Natural83 says:

    Congratulations Nikki! You sooo deserve this recognition. What you have done with this site is amazing! So no m'am, I'm sure Essence did NOT make a mistake! LOL! Keep on rocking out girl! And yes, I love the new comment section. I will probably definitely be commenting more now!

  • Destiny says:

    Such an amazing achievement.! Well done, really love your site.

  • Cecilia says:

    Well Nikki, I am certain that they made no mistake! I'm black, Dutch, living in Belgium and I (and alll my natural haired- or almost-going-natural haired friends!) know about CurlyNikki. True, one can't compare as every person is 'special' in their own merit, but as I went through the Essence list to me, you stand out. Bc you are not only young, black and have done amazing things, you change millions of lives at it. Now that's worth e mention in my book! Congrats!!

  • LaTresha Sayles says:

    Congrats Nik! YOU totally deserve it :-) Yay

  • Nico says:

    Congratulations on the much deserved recognition…two thumbs up on the new format for the comments section.

  • Sola Awe says:

    Congrats on being nominated! You deserve it!. I love the new comment section. What I like most about it is the ability to "share" other people's comments with my friends and …oh.. one more thing.. I can attach pictures now to my comments!! SUPER COOL!

  • Rayven says:

    Im surprised you are surprised about being on Essence list, when you write a column for them once a week! Would love to see an update the the Curly Nikki site in general making it more easy to find articles…love the new comment feature.

  • Blair says:

    GO NIK!!! So very proud of you lady! Your blog is such a wealth of information and a huge source of encouragement! Essence made no mistake—this honor is well deserved! Keep up the good work and God Bless–xoxo!!

  • Kudos says:

    1) No, they got it right!! You are young black and amazing! COngrats!
    2) Ummm, I was also scrolling through and saw some potential interviews ;-) (llllike Demetria Lucas, and the Black Girls Run! Founders – I'm part of BGR! DC so I'm kinda partial to them :-))
    3) Yes the comments section! I was trying to comment on another post, scrolled to the bottom and was like, "What the what??" But I like it…its growing on me

  • Leimom says:

    Congrats lady, when I saw that this morning, I immediately clicked on your site in my favorites to see if you had posted it yet. I am posting to a STARRA!!!!!

  • nylse says:

    i like the new comment section; its what i use on mind….from a technical point your blog sticks to tried and true, but i'm glad you updated to disqus.

  • Brooke B. says:

    Congrats! You've worked so hard you deserve the recognition. I like the new comment section I don't have to sign as anonymous anymore & then sign my name do great job.

  • Jamila Williams says:

    Congrats Nikki! You deserve it! Thank you for all you do and for and sharing your journeys with us!

  • Pecancurls says:

    Congrats Nik!! You are listed with some heavy hitters because you my dear are one too. You have made a tremendous positive impact in the lives of countless women, men, girls and boys world wide! Do it girl!! I love the new format for the comments. Much easier to post!!

  • Erika A. says:

    Congrats, Nikki! Very well deserved as your blog has helped so many! I like the new comments section.

  • Sheena says:

    Congrats, Nikki! You deserved it. You have changed the lives of so many women across the country. You have inspired me to go natural, even though everyone said I shouldn't. I appreciate the knowledge and support that you have given us for so many years! Keep it up and God Bless!

  • Taylor says:

    Congratulations!! That's amazing…being listed among people like the Williams sisters, Alicia Keys, Raven Symoné! Wow.

    I like the new format too. I was wondering why it looked so different :)

  • Jada07 says:

    Congratulations Nikki! You absolutely deserve the recognition for all that you do to help empower women.
    And yes, I do like the new comment section. :-)

  • Mel from NOLA says:

    You already know how I feel!!! You are truly amazing at using your gifts to affect and change lives in more ways than you can imagine.

  • Andrea Dawn says:

    Congratulations, Nikki! Everything you've accomplished so far, and everything you've given to the natural hair community is truly amazing. You're fully deserving of this recognition.

  • kwnatural says:

    Congratulations, Nikki!

    I like the new comment section… it's a bit easier to use.

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  • Braelynn Blue says:

    I love it! It is very user friendly. And congratulations! In no way was it a mistake, you are and have helped/are helping many people in their hair journey!

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